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Homes Without Dads -- The Hurt That Will Not Heal [NewAmericaMedia.org]

It’s the week before Christmas and the Brighthaupt family is in its weekly therapy session. Kecia Brighthaupt, 37, grabs a piece of paper from the center of the dining room table in her apartment and reads the word on it. “Hopeful,” Kecia Brighthaupt says. “I feel hopeful that Jamari is going to graduate.” She, her 15-year-old son Jamari, and their counselor, Ayize Ma’at, sit at one end of the glass rectangular table. A tan carpet covers the floor. Photos of relatives, including Kecia’s...

W&M professors lead the crusade to prevent child abuse and neglect in Virginia [WM.edu]

Across the Commonwealth, thousands of tiny blue pinwheels staked in the ground flutter in the springtime breeze. Much more than garden ornaments, the decorations symbolize a dark past and a hopeful future for children in Virginia. William & Mary Psychology Professor Emeritus Joseph Galano and Adjunct Professor of Psychology Lee Huntington know the significance of the pinwheels perhaps better than anyone. As lead advocates for Prevent Child Abuse, which declared the pinwheel its national...

Prisoner of Her Past - Excellent documentary about long-term impact of childhood trauma

On Holocaust Remembrance Day (May 5), WTTW-Channel 11 in Chicago will present its 6th annual broadcast of “Prisoner of Her Past. ” The film will air at 10 p.m. Central. Written by Emmy-award winning Chicago Tribune journalist, Howard Reich, the film documents Howard’s quest to discover why his mother is reliving her Holocaust past. To date, “Prisoner of her Past,” has aired more than 500 times in 140 markets across the United States! http://prisonerofherpast.kartemquin.com/

Scans Show 'Brain Dictionary' Groups Words By Meaning [NPR.org]

Scientists say they have made an atlas of where words' meanings are located in the brain. The map shows that words are represented in different regions throughout the brain's outer layer. Moreover, the brains of different people map language in the same way. "These maps are remarkably consistent from person to person," says Jack Gallant , a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley who led the study. The work appears in the journal Nature. To make the language maps, Gallant's...

Tennessee Enacts Law Letting Therapists Refuse Patients On Religious Grounds [NPR.org]

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation that allows mental health counselors and therapists to refuse to treat patients based on religious objections or personal beliefs. Critics of the law say it could result in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. As Nashville Public Radio reported earlier this month: "A group representing gay and lesbian Tennesseans [asked Haslam] to veto the legislation. ... "The Tennessee Equality Project, an LGBT advocacy...

After Combat Stress, Violence Can Show Up At Home [NPR.org]

Stacy Bannerman didn't recognize her husband after he returned from his second tour in Iraq. "The man I had married was not the man that came back from war," she says. Bannerman's husband, a former National Guardsman, had been in combat and been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He behaved in ways she had never expected, and one day, he tried to strangle her. "I had been with this man for 11 years at that point, and there had never been anything like this before," Bannerman...

Report: Communities Can Do More to Support Children with an Incarcerated Parent [JJIE.org]

Children with an incarcerated parent often suffer emotionally, academically and financially, and too few policies consider their needs, says a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation . Nationwide, more than 5.1 million children have experienced separation from a parent because of incarceration — a situation that can be as difficult as dealing with abuse or domestic violence, said the report, “A Shared Sentence.” Research shows children may experience increased mental health issues,...

How Segregation Has Persisted in Little Rock [TheAtlantic.com]

In the 1960s, while other middle-school students were worrying about letter jackets or boyfriends or saddle shoes, LaVerne Bell-Tolliver was simply trying to stay sane. Bell-Tolliver’s parents had volunteered her to integrate Forest Heights Junior High in Little Rock in 1961, and as the only black student in a crush of white ones, she was always on guard. Boys pushed other students into her, crowing that her blackness would rub off onto them. Teachers ignored her raised hand and gave her low...

A New Way to Map the Spread and Decline of Slavery in the U.S. [CityLab.com]

Although it was abolished in 1865, slavery in the U.S. is still being mapped by cartographers looking for fresh approaches to the topic . The latest effort comes from the historian and cartographer Bill Rankin. Rankin’s new maps provide snapshots of U.S. slave populations from 1790 to 1870 in 10-year intervals. But his methodology is a departure from that of previous cartographers in that it doesn’t take counties as the smallest units of analysis. [For more of this story, written by Tanvi...

A Shared Sentence [AECF.org]

More than 5 million U.S. children have had a parent in jail or prison at some point in their lives. The incarceration of a parent can have as much impact on a child’s well-being as abuse or domestic violence. But while states spend heavily on corrections, few resources exist to support those left behind. A Shared Sentence offers commonsense proposals to address the increased poverty and stress that children of incarcerated parents experience. [For more go to ...

For Police, a Playbook for Conflicts Involving Mental Illness [NYTimes.com]

The 911 caller had reported a man with a samurai sword, lunging at people on the waterfront. It was evening, and when the police arrived, they saw the man pacing the beach and called to him. He responded by throwing a rock at the embankment where they stood. They shouted to him from a sheriff’s boat; he threw another rock. They told him to drop the sword; he said he would kill them. He started to leave the beach, and after warning him, they shot him in the leg with a beanbag gun. He turned...

The Racist Roots of Virginia's Felon Disenfranchisement [TheAtlantic.com]

Last Friday, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe restored voting rights to more than 200,000 people with previous felony convictions. It’s a momentous stroke in both scope and effect; with an eye towards the 2016 races, The New York Times estimated its electoral impact as “ small but potentially decisive .” But the significance of McAuliffe’s efforts goes far beyond a single election. It instead marks an exorcism for one of Jim Crow’s last vestiges in Virginia’s state charter—and a reminder of...

The Strong Evidence Against Spanking [TheAtlantic.com]

Around the world, an average of 60 percent of children receive some kind of physical punishment, according to UNICEF . And the most common form is spanking. In the United States, most people still see spanking as acceptable, though FiveThirtyEight reports that the percentage of people who approve of spanking has gone down, from 84 percent in 1986 to about 70 percent in 2012. “The question of whether parents should spank their children to correct misbehaviors sits at a nexus of arguments from...

Something to Consider... for the next time you teach or preach on worry

As I start to talk with pastors about why ACEs matter and why they should inform themselves and their congregations, I regularly hear something like this: "But why does it matter? What difference should it make in ministry? Can't I simply preach and teach the Bible and leave the results up to God?" By way of answer to these questions, I am starting to put together a training called "10 things that kid with ACEs would like you to know: moving your church toward greater empathy." The following...

Through InterPlay, Refugee Teens Practice English, Speak Freely, Experiment with Identity [YouthToday.com]

In the high-beamed auditorium at the Clarkston Community Center near Atlanta, a dozen teenagers sit in a circle on metal chairs. Each one sings out his or her name, making the sound musical and adding a dramatic gesture at the request of instructor Ruth Schowalter. Shy participants screw up their courage to become dramatic. The entire group repeats each name and movement, singing the sounds loudly and energetically. Schowalter asks the group to do another exercise. It begins with the words:...

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